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Meet the Lions

Meet the Lions!

Meet Nicole Soo! We’re so proud to have Nicole on the team as our Lending & Development Supervisor, and her passion at helping our Members and team.

Here’s some fun facts about Nicole.

  1. Do you have any secret talents? What are they?
    Not sure if this is a secret talent, but I have been told I eat a lot, either at one sitting or throughout the day.
  2. Your favorite band or musical artist?
    Too many to choose from! I enjoy music from all genres.  Recently I have been listening to “old school” country music – Garth, Reba, and George!
  3. Your top “bucket list” place to visit or experience?
    I would love to go to Japan, undecided about what city or town though.
  4. Any pets? What are they and what are their names?
    We have three dogs.  Our girl is Pepper, she is a one and a half year old Great Dane.  We have two boys, the first is Porter he is a one and a half year old English Pointer/Plott Hound mix and rounding out our pack, is our baby Haze he is a 6 month old German Shorthair Pointer.
  5. Favorite way to relax on the weekend?  I enjoy tending to my plants, it’s exciting to see who is growing!  But right up there is sitting quietly with a good book or watching a series/movie with my family.
  6. What are your pet peeves? 
    The tiny corner that gets ripped off a food package/wrapper that then gets left on the counter, table…floor.  It is so tiny and it never makes it to the rubbish can!
  7. How would your friends/family describe you?
    Someone who is thoughtful, putting other people first, and my family would say I am goofy with a dry sense of humor.
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    I enjoy the niche I have found at Hawaii First.  I can still meet with all types of people who need financial help or guidance and I can share what I have learned with our team.
  9. If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would they be?
    I would love to have a meal with my Gramma Anna, she passed away a few years ago.  I miss hearing her saying “Come inside, sit, did you eat? You need to eat something!” And then watch while she hummed while she fixed me the most ‘ono meal.

Meet Terry Guerrero! She started her career here 15 years ago, and loves helping people. Her proudest accomplishment is the knowledge that she’s gained in those years, which has helped shape who she is today.

Some other fun facts about Terry.

  1. Your favorite band or musical artist?
    My favorite musical artist was Selena. Although she is no longer here, she is still loved by so many and her memory lives strong.
  2. Your top “bucket list” place to visit or experience?
    My top place is Switzerland because the beauty of that place is just so mesmerizing.
  3. Any pets? What are they and what are their names? 
    I have a dog named Mello.
  4. Favorite way to relax on the weekend?
    I love to read a good book or watch a good movie with no interruptions!
  5. Who is your hero/someone you look up to? My hero will always be my mom. Her life story is so inspiring to me.
  6. What are your pet peeves?
    One of my pet peeves is a dirty floor. It really annoys me when there is something on the floor (rubbish, paperclip, paper, etc) and people just walk by and not even attempt to pick it up.
  7. How would your friends/family describe you?
    My friends/family would describe me as always putting the needs of others first before my own needs.
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    In 5 years, I still plan to be working so I can reach my ultimate goal of retiring when my husband retires. He will possibly be retiring in 8 years so our plan is to be able to travel freely when the time comes.
  9. If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would they be?
    If I could share a meal with anyone, it would be with my mom. Just to have quality time would mean the world to me.

Meet Monique Demello! She started her career here 5 years ago, and it was her dream/career goal to become a Loan Officer and then becoming a Certified Financial Counselor! Her favorite part of her job is meeting new people, building friendships, and being in a position where she can make a positive difference in others’ lives.

Some other fascinating facts about her.

  1. Your favorite band or musical artist?
    My favorite artist is Luke Bryan, I listened to his song “play it again” when it first released and have loved country music since then. Growing up I was that annoying little sister that would sing on my little karaoke machine, or with anything that looked like a microphone and would always tell everyone “This is my song!” which was every song I knew the lyrics to. lol
  2. Your top “bucket list” place to visit or experience?
    My top “bucket list” place to visit or experience is Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth.
  3. Any pets? What are they and what are their names? 
    We have a partially blind Chihuahua dog named Lolli. What is funny is that my daughter gave her that name, which is short for lollipop.
  4. Favorite way to relax on the weekend?
    On the weekends, my family and I love to BBQ at home or go to the beach.
  5. Who is your hero/someone you look up to?
    My hero is my Grandma. She is 80 years old and 100% Samoan, English is her second language. She works every day of her life and is so inspirational. She has worked so hard to build her own business from the ground up and motivates me to always try my best and to always work hard to be better.
  6. What are your pet peeves?
    I don’t like when people chew loudly while eating.
  7. How would your friends/family describe you?
    My friends/family would describe me as always putting the needs of others first before my own needs.
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    Where I see myself in 5 years is owning my forever home, possibly expanding my family, and continuing being a Loan Officer with Hawaii First.
  9. If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would they be?
    If I could share a meal with any individual it would be my Papa Bobby that lives on Oahu. I would just love to spend time with him and sing him our favorite song Palo Palito sang by Darren Benitez.
  10. What are your hobbies?
    My hobby is doing arts and crafts, decorating for party’s or events.
Congratulations to Nani Alameida, who’s been with us for 5 years! She’s proud of completing CDCFC, Pathways Training, and FEC; as each training provided her with information and tools needed to assist clients through our Pathways coaching session. She loves working with an awesome team and getting to know our members (and non-members).

Interesting facts about Nani:
  1. Your favorite band or musical artist?
    Luther Vandross
  2. Your top “bucket list” place to visit or experience?
    Paris
  3. Any pets? What are they and what are their names?
    Not at this time…but for 2 ½ years, we were blessed with our baby girl Sadie who brought so much joy to our family.
  4. Favorite way to relax on the weekend?
    On the beach, floating in the ocean and an ice-cold beverage.
  5. Who is your hero/someone you look up to?
    My dad, he is a very humble and loving man.  His actions and words truly display that he practice what he preaches.
  6. What are your pet peeves?
    There’s quite a bit, but a dirty bathroom has to be at the top of that list.
  7. How would your friends/family describe you?
    Goofy…Girl, just wanna have fun! hahaha
  8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    Tomorrow’s not promised, I would hope still be living this blessed life with my husband and family. Also, not trying to rush my kids but hopefully, a grandma enjoying her grandbaby(ies)…
  9. If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would they be?
    My grandma, Leialoha Kanehailua…I wouldn’t mind hearing stories of her childhood/family stories/living during those times.

Meet Mary Ann Otake! She started her career here 20 years ago as a college intern/Member Services Representative. She loves working with people and offering ways to help.

Some other fascinating facts about her.

  1. Do you have any secret talents? What are they?
    Maybe not a talent, but I am currently obsessed with trying to lift (weights) a lot heavier than my own weight, loves volleyball/soccer, dancing Tahitian and singing.
  2. Your top “bucket list” place to visit or experience?
    Tahiti
  3. Any pets? What are they and what are their names? 
    Coco, he is lab mix and Kubo, he is maltese shih tzu; they are my only boys!
  4. Favorite way to relax on the weekend?
    On a beach in Hawaii (while singing the song by Ziggy Marley).
  5. Who is your hero/someone you look up to? My CEO, she is someone that leads with such heart and passion!
  6. What are your pet peeves?
    Being late, this is mainly about myself
  7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    Oh gosh, I’ll have a daughter in college by then but honestly, I’ll be happy to be past the pandemic and traveling the world, visiting new places with my family!
  8. If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would they be? My grandparents…I just lost my last grandparent last month and oh how I miss hearing their stories of life growing up! It definitely puts the challenges we deal with today into perspective!
Congratulations to Sharon Low, who’s been with us for 20 years! She loves making a difference and helping to change people’s lives. Her favorite part of her job is helping families get into their first homes who never think it’s achievable.

Interesting facts about Sharon:

  1. Do you have any secret talents? What are they?
    I was told that my secret talent is making people feel comfortable and welcoming people with open arms.
  2. Your favorite band or musical artist?
    I love 90’s R&B (Brian McKnight, Jodeci, etc.)
  3. Proudest accomplishment at Hawaii First?
    I think one of my proudest accomplishments is helping this family get into their first home. They never thought they would ever achieve that goal. We worked on fixing their credit, located a property, broker, realtor and contractor. It was a process but it was achieved and the family is very ecstatic now that they have a home to create memories in with their growing family.
  4. Your top “bucket list” place to visit or experience?
    I would like to go back to Italy. I lived in Napoli, Italy in my teenage years as a military dependent.  I took it for granted and now as an adult, I would like to soak in the culture and the experience.
  5. Any pets? What are they and what are their names? Yes, I have a Pomchi dog.  Her name is Kaua.  No matter how I’m feeling, she’s there to greet with so much love.  She fills a lot of love to our family.
  6. Favorite way to relax on the weekend? Spending time with my family and TRYING to sleep in.
  7. Who is your hero/someone you look up to?
    I have a couple people that are my heroes and people that I look up to and they know who they are. My husband and kids are my heroes. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them, but my main hero is my son, Micah Low.  He is an Airman in the Air Force and will be graduating in the next couple weeks to become a Fire Protection (Fireman).  He wanted to do something that was bigger than himself.
  8. What are your pet peeves?
    Having a dirty house.
  9. How would your friends/family describe you?
    They probably would say hard worker, selfless, passionate and put others before herself.
  10. If you could share a meal with any individual, living or dead, who would they be?
    I would love to share a meal with my brother who passed away a couple years ago. I took “TIME” and him for granted.  Always thinking that we will see each other soon but that never happened with our crazy lives and living on the other side of the world.  Our meal would be filled with lots of laughter and lots of good food.

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